Our Camping Adventure Last Week End

the whole family gone fishing and camping

One winter a friend of mine Ken and I decided we were going to try roughing it for a week at Lake Berryessa. We went to a place we called the Fill.  Some of our friends we had invited told us that camping at Lake Berryessa at that time of year was not just roughing it, it was nuts. A couple of them had tried it before and had only lasted for a couple of days because of the rain and cold. So naturally we were going to prove them wrong.

The first day we spent getting our camp all set up. We had our stove, Coleman lantern, sleeping bags and a Coleman catalytic heater and firewood for our campfires. We did have my pickup truck with a camper shell just in case it started to rain. We built a fire pit, collected some pine cones to help start our campfires, and we also had some fire starter sticks.

Roughing this up

We made some beds on the ground out of pine needles and whatever else we could find that was soft for under the sleeping bags. Since we were roughing it, the only food we took with us to eat was two loaves of French bread, a ten-pound sack of potatoes, a dozen eggs and three five-gallon bottles of water to use for cooking and drinking. Since we were going to be roughing it, we didn’t bring any meat because we were going eat all the fish that we caught at the fill. We had fished there many times before and had always had excellent luck catching everything from trout, catfish, crappie and an occasional bass. That night we built a campfire and tried our luck at cat fishing. We fished until about two in the morning and caught zip. So we went back to camp and went to sleep. About two hours later we woke up to the sound of rain. It was pouring. Our campfire was gone, so we got in the back of the camper shell where it was dry and a little warmer. Talk about roughing it.

A Fishing Heaven

On day two we fished for trout most of the day and managed to catch a couple of pretty nice ones, of course, we used up most of our live bait minnows and lost about half of our lures. At least we got to eat some fish with our bread and potatoes.

inside the boat
Inside the boat

That night we tried our luck at cat fishing again with the same result. Zip. This time, we decided to crawl into the camper shell to sleep just in case it rained again. When we woke up in the morning it was so cold inside the camper shell we thought we were asleep inside a freezer. We got up and started our Coleman catalytic heater to help us get warm. It was so cold outside there was frost all over everything including our firewood. It took us about an hour to get a campfire going. It did help having the Coleman fire starter sticks. Roughing it isn’t as easy as we thought it was going to be.

The next three days went just about like the first two, raining, cold and no fish. By then we had gone through all of our bread, eggs, potatoes, firewood and most of our Coleman fuel. We were starting to think if roughing it was such a good idea. But at least we had a big pile of pine cones, some of our Coleman fire starter sticks and our Coleman catalytic heater to keep us warm.

Day six we caught two catfish about four inches long. We figured by the time we got done cleaning them; there wouldn’t have been anything left so we threw them back in the lake. We heard some shooting and saw a flock of mud hens flying by, and one of them fell into the water about 100 yards away from us. We watched it slowly float to shore for about two hours.

Since we didn’t bring any meat because we were roughing it, we were so hungry that even mud hens were better than starving. I grabbed it out of the water and plucked it, cleaned it, and skinned it as good as I could. We got the campfire going with the rest of the pine cones and the fire starter sticks and cooked up the mud hen.  The pine cones gave the mud hen a different taste.

Day seven we woke up, and the sun was shining, it was about 60 degrees, and we could go home without losing face. We did learn an excellent lesson that week, don’t go camping without proper camping equipment and supplies even if you are going to try roughing it.

A superb outdoor adventure that we won’t forget. If you are after a tent, then here is everything you need to know about camping tents!

San Diego CA Has So Much To Offer

View from the CBD

Decided to go underground or on the beach for your next vacation?

Head to San Diego, California, where the best of both worlds blends perfectly. This metropolitan city ocean side offers up a lot to do, and lots of places to stay when visiting.
Rental units and condos are abundant and provide you with everything you need in the way of accommodations.

Easy to Find Accommodations

All vacation rentals in San Diego come fully furnished with full kitchen and a laundry service. Add to that the privacy and the added space; you will have more a hotel room and the idea of ??renting a house becomes even more attractive. Equipment to choose from are also plentiful, with gourmet kitchens and designer decor, hot tubs and wi-fi, parking and maid service for any consideration. Management professionals rental properties who advertise on this site is trustworthy and competent, and can guide you through these choices with ease.

Choose from near the banks of the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the heart of San Diego; you really can not go wrong in this spectacular place.

Amazing Beaches

the rugged south CA coastline
The rugged south CA coastline

San Diego beaches run the gamut of the style of kid friendly of drama somewhere in between; there is one (or few) that are just right for you and your travel partner for a very good time. La Jolla Cove, children’s pool, Mission Beach, La Jolla Ocean Beach, Windandsea Beach and Pacific Beach have their unique calling cards. Seals are sunbathing on the beach for children, while the reefs of La Jolla Cove make for great snorkelling and scuba diving.

Mission Beach has an old-time East Coast feel, with a romantic walk and wooden roller coaster. Windandsea Beach is one to be taken with caution, not for swimming for children or novice surfers. For outdoor activities, head to Ocean Beach for some surfing and beach volleyball easier. Water sports are endless from windsurfing to parasailing for a day in a fishing boat. Jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling or kayaking your way through San Diego. Stay on dry land and play tennis, golf or enjoy a day at the spa. Discover one of the casinos if you feel lucky (or just have too much cash in your pocket).

Not Far From Mexico

You are minutes from Tijuana, Mexico, and a few hours drive (depending on the time of day) from Los Angeles, so you may want to take a tour of a day or two. Be sure to check with your rental management company to travel to Mexico before making plans, though. San Diego culture and Electrical is recognised worldwide. The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Man and the Museum of Photographic Arts are all located in Balboa Park and worth a visit. Bundle up and head to Symphony Towers for a concert by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

The Old Globe Theatre is a world-renowned. Causality and go to visit Sea World, Wild Animal Park and Legoland Very cool. Catch a Padre or game Chargers. Get your nerd on at Comic-Con, an annual comic book convention that attracts the best names of movie stars and many fans interesting.

water is really warm that far down south

You will never be short of something to do in San Diego. Find a great San Diego vacation home or condo, and start enjoying this gem of a metropolitan city by the sea

Santa Barbara California, Why is it so special?

Santa Barbara, California, is the destination for a weekend romantic getaway or family vacation filled with fun and adventure. This area is rather culturally significant with historic features sunny beaches, mountain vistas, recreational attractions, and educational opportunities for adults and children. Boasting a Mediterranean climate pleasantly mild throughout the year is the time of year to visit Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara CaliforniaNo matter what your interests are, there is always plenty to do in and around Santa Barbara. Those seeking outdoor recreation will find opportunities galore. Of immaculate, white sandy beaches, water lovers to enjoy swimming, boating, sports fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, and whale watching. Ruud land can ride on the trails for hiking and biking or enjoy an afternoon of horseback riding through the coastal mountain paradise.

The self-guided tour of Santa Barbara walks leads guests to the historic sites of the city, including the county courthouse. Considered an architectural masterpiece, the Spanish design is nestled amidst lush green lawns Moorish and tropical gardens. The view from the top of the tower is not to be missed. See historical adobes on the road to El Presidio State Historic Park for an example of the architectural and historical significance. The mission nearby, founded in 1786 and one of 21 Franciscan missions in California, is one of the finest in the state. Today he still works as a church is open daily for self-guided.

Nature lovers will want to visit the Natural History Museum, which has exhibits of flora and fauna and a fascinating look at prehistoric Indian life. Although considered a small zoo with 500 animals, the zoo is one of the best in the United States. Known for its park-like atmosphere with plenty of picnic and open areas, it offers an intimate viewing of elephants, lions, giraffes, sea lions, exotic birds, and much more.

The Botanical Gardens have 65 hectares of native flora, including wildflowers breathtaking natural environments in exquisite.
Wine lovers are really at home with a variety of excursions. Knowledgeable guides will take connoisseurs across the country of wine and picturesque of the best vineyards of Santa Ynez Valley. Discover the back country roads and learn about the history of the region and the wine industry. Enjoy the exceptional wines of the valley and learn about local viticulture for better appreciation.

Beautifully located in Santa Barbara condos are available with every comfort, privacy and space of the house with all amenities of vacation you want for a relaxing getaway.

Airbnb does not scare traditional hotels

There are many traditional hotels, private hotels and other hotel services in many countries across the globe. The hotel rates have become as fancy as the rates of flight tickets and limousines, not kidding! The “fancy” hotel rates have given an extra space for Airbnb to grow stronger and wider. According to the critics, Airbnb would take over the traditional hotels in near future, but the hotel managers refuse to believe the predicted data. Recently, the San Francisco based company has been way too generous to its users. It provides many renting services to the travelers such as apartments, humongous villas, and even a freaking big castle, how cool is that? No more dreaming about living a life in castles when you actually can! Airbnb allows people to make money off their apartments and even spare rooms and it is all because of the sharing economy.

Airbnb office in Toronto, Canada
Airbnb office in Toronto, Canada

Airbnb does feel good campaigns, and it’s not for the publicity, or maybe? The company is also known for many charges and controversies. Several sources say the company is not very safe when it comes to apartment sharing services.

But honestly speaking, Airbnb poses a dangerous threat to the traditional hotels out there, and it is slowly taking down them. The largest hotel distribution network does not target the business travellers and the hotels are making money off it. The rates of hotels and apartments under Airbnb are cheaper than a private hotel. Despite all the advantages, Airbnb does not really scare the traditional hotels!

Ways to make sharing economies like Airbnb and Uber safer

Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 22.11.23The Sharing economy is the latest trend that is slowly getting popular among the public and the media. The critics say the infectious economy would soon take over other economies in near future. Remember, even a few dollars you earn from the sharing economy could fetch you a cappuccino from Star bucks! People are no longer interested to work under someone, they want to be their own bosses and manage their own shift timings, as simple as that! The sharing economy could possibly fire the corporate world because there would be no supply of full time professionals.

Airbnb is the most popular hotel distribution network that poses a serious threat to the traditional hotels. It is the widely used home renting website in many countries across the world. It is also a proud owner of controversies and most of them are caused by the hosts.

 

Uber is the famous online ride hailing app that offers rides for many people from different countries across the globe. It is also known for its controversies like theft of personal property, sexual harassments, etc. Nevertheless, both the firms are black markets and are looting money off its users. We need to stay protected and secured when we rent an apartment through Airbnb and take a cab from Uber app. Make a note of all the local emergency contact numbers and let your friends and family know about your plans. Most importantly, go through the reviews of your hosts and cab drivers before you make any plans.

 

Have Growler, Will Travel goes to Yakima

It may come as a great shock to some of you that I have never been to Yakima for fresh hop season. In the grand scheme of my craft beer journey, my love of this tongue-tingling beer style has been a fairly recent development. In past years, I’ve overlooked fresh hop festivities, but no longer. So, when I was approached with the opportunity to finally attend Yakima’s Fresh Hop Ale Fest this Saturday, October 5, I jumped at the chance for five glorious hours of hoppy bliss.

whot whotNow in its eleventh year running, this festival is a celebration of one of Washington’s most bountiful crop: Hops. While the harvest began earlier this month, hops will continue to be collected off the vines over the next few weeks and brewers have already begun releasing their seasonals that highlight this year’s freshest ingredients.

The Fresh Hop Ale Festival showcases beers produced with fresh, Yakima Valley hops, the world’s largest hop-growing region (78%). To qualify for the festival and be considered a “fresh hop ale” the beers must be produced with Yakima Valley hops that have moved from vine to vat in 24 hours. Qualifying brews will be judged by professionals in the industry (for the Judges Awards) as well as attendees (for the People’s Choice Awards). The fest will include over 30 breweries, 16 food vendors, five local wineries, and two bands. The event on Saturday runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Yakima’s Millenium Plaza downtown and will feature at least one fresh hop beer from each brewery present.

All proceeds from this festival go towards supporting Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, a non-profit organization that has been promoting and coordinating arts events in the Valley since 1962. Allied Arts focuses on developing artistic and academic skills in youth, community enhancement, and economic development.

Tickets are still available online at Brown Paper Tickets for $30 plus service fee, or $35 at the gate Saturday evening. Ticket price includes entry into the festival, a pint glass and $7 in “script.” A 4-oz pour is $2 of script. Additional script can be purchased for $1 per script at the festival. A full pint it is $5 script (or $5).

This year, Yakima, Washington. Next year, Hood River Valley, Oregon? Cheers!